Students Weigh In On Fall 2012 eText Pilot

March 25, 2013

In the Fall of 2012 ETS participated in an eText pilot sponsored by the Office of the CIO, in conjunction with Educause and Internet2, to evaluate the value and use of eContent in UC Berkeley courses. McGrawHill provided the eTextbooks for students and Courseload provided the software used to access them. 14 courses and 11 different faculty participated in the pilot from a range of disciplines including college writing, business, engineering, math, history, and statistics. Over 650 students in participating courses were given the eText for free for the semester.

At the end of the semester ETS in conjunction with the ASUC and the eReserve librarian sent an anonymous survey to students to learn what the students themselves perceived to be the value of the eText on their learning, how students felt the eText experience could be improved, and how likely they would be to participate in future eText experiences given certain conditions (regarding access, price, and availability). The questions we asked, how students answered those questions, and a short analysis of the results are presented in this report (pdf).

You may also be interested in reading about the instructor's experience.